Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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I tend to see a trend in most comments about Linux, regardless of the distribution: I get the feeling that most Linux users want Linux to be the way it is (ie: the way that it turns me off is the way that most Linux users want it to be, which is why they choose it).

Is this a fair assessment of the majority of Linux users (the ones who specifically choose Linux over other things)?

I'm not trying to be a troll, or anything stupid like that. I just wonder if I see things correctly. For me, I think Linux is cool and useful, but it doesn't fit me as a computer user. It seems that everyone is trying to make it become the OS that would fit me, but so far it hasn't happened.

It seems that the people who choose to use Linux are those for whome the very aspects of Linux that "keep it off the desktop" (or insert your pop news slogan here) are exactly why they want to use it. The technical stuff. The complexity. Maybe even a little bit of the "non-computer people keep out" feeling.

I know there are also lots of people who are elitist and mindless, but I'm not talking about those. I'm talking about the ones who make the decision to use Linux based on its nature, its application to their needs and their comfort level with it.

The point is... do you folks really want Linux to change and become "the desktop OS" that all the endless "Linux is [ready/not ready] for the desktop" articles go on and on about? Wouldn't that ruin your particular interest in the OS or do you think that it can be done without your particular interests in the OS being compromised?

Sorry if this is somehow off topic, but I found that the "distribution shuffle" topic tweaked my interest so much that I wanted to ask some Linux users what they thought about this.